Cavendish Update 12/12/14 Bridge/SB Mtg/News/Events

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1. Cavendish Select Board Meeting

2. Cavendish Related News

3. Events

1. CAVENDISH SELECT BOARD MEETING 12/8/14: Select board (SB) meetings are recorded by LPC-TV and are available at their website  and on Comcast Television.  Written minutes are available at the town’s website

Items covered in the meeting included:

• Telecommunications: SB members were e-mailed the preliminary findings of the Cavendish Telecommunications Survey. Rich Svec, town manager, said that representatives from TDS, but not Comcast, would attend the January Select Board meeting.

• New England Clean Power Link: A representative spoke to the board about the proposed 1,000 MW High Voltage Direct Current transmission line that would deliver clean, affordable hydropower to Vermont and the New England marketplace. The privately financed line would be submerged in Lake Champlain and buried in existing rights of way and would run from the Canadian boarder to a converter station to be built on Nelson Rd in Ludlow, just over the Cavendish line, and be connected to the Coolidge substation located in Cavendish.

• Request for Funds: Various non-profits requested funds for FY 2016 Town Budget

• Solar Project: Panels are up and will be partially on-line by Dec. 31 as several parts wont be delivered until January.

• Skate Park at Greven Field: Members of the Recreation Department provided drawings of a proposed skate ramps etc. for Greven Field.

• Bridge Projects: The East/Brook Rd Bridge is now open. An approach guardrail will be installed in the spring. Weather dependent, work has been taking place on the Davis Rd Bridge, which is now closed for approximately a week. Completion and first use will not be until spring 2015.

For a full report on the SB meeting, go to The Dish


Congratulations to Lily Calabrese: Lily, a Proctorsville resident and currently a student at the University of Vermont, took 2nd place at the Killington Rails to Riches Snowboard competition.

Congratulations to Justin Stearns: Congratulations to PFD Jr Firefighter Justin Stearns on being named PFD Jr Firefighter of the year for 2014. Justin has been a Jr Firefighter for 4 years now, and has made great improvements over that time. Justin continues to train very hard and work towards the status of Firefighter in 2 years when he turns 18. Special note of thanks to Bob Glidden who is responsible for the Junior’s program.

 Public Has Say in $1.2 Billon Power Line Project: One longtime resident wonders if a proposed $1.2 billion underground hydropower transmission line would carry the electrical dangers of trolleys a century ago. Another worries it could interfere with ham radio signals today. But so far, most Vermonters are taking a wait-and-see approach. Transmission Developers Inc. used a sparsely attended Cavendish Select Board meeting in this town of 1,367 Monday night to announce it is seeking state approval for a New England Clean Power Link to run 150 miles from the Canadian border to a planned $200 million converter plant in Ludlow. Times Argus 

More GMP Crews Responding to Outages Than During Irene: After more than a foot of snow fell on parts of Vermont Tuesday and Wednesday, road crews and utilities are working around the clock to restore service across the state. Officials say the heavy, wet snow caused outages and road closures across much of the state. While several hundred households were affected for more than 10 hours, by Thursday, all of Cavendish had power restored. VPR 

 115th Annual Christmas Bird Count: The longest running citizen science program in the world, the count originally began on Christmas Day in 1900 when ornithologist and legendary birder Frank Chapman posed an alternative to an earlier traditional holiday “side hunt.” Chapman proposed “hunting” birds to record their numbers. The 115th Christmas Bird Count will take place from December 14, 2014 through January 5, 2015. This is perhaps the longest running citizen science project in Vermont! Each count occurs in a designated circle, 15 miles in diameter, and is led by an experienced birder, or designated “compiler”. Read more to learn where Vermont CBCs are located, date of counts and compiler contact information. Vermont e-Bird 

VT Ranked 2nd Healthiest State: According to the annual America's Health Rankings report from the United Health Foundation, Vermont trails only Hawaii. Vermont scores well for its best-in-the nation high school graduation rate, second lowest percent of children living in poverty and second lowest rate of violent crime. Vermont also had the fourth lowest rate for low birth weight babies, fourth lowest for physical inactivity and seventh lowest for obesity rate. WCAX

 3. EVENTS: Last weekend for the tree and green sales at both fire departments.  Juniors of the PFD will also be conducting a bottle drive, so please drop your cans and bottles that are worth a .5¢ deposit. Santa will be on hand at both the Stepping Stones Breakfast Buffett as well as the Proctorsville Fire Department

For more information on these and other upcoming events, go to

• Cavendish Connects Calendar 

•  Okemo Valley Calendar